Idaho's Forbidden Flowers

Idaho spring is here at last. After a long cold winter, the snow is finally melting and roadsides are beginning to bud with fresh wildflowers. But before you start imagining how beautiful a bouquet of fresh-picked wildflowers would look in your entryway, think twice. Stopping to smell the flowers, that's perfectly fine; going beyond that, however, is another matter entirely.

Including Idaho's state flower, the syringa, which flowers from late May through July, it's illegal to pick over a dozen kinds of wildflowers in the Gem State. According to Idaho Statute 18-3911, "It shall be unlawful for any person in this state to willfully and negligently cut, dig up, trim, pick, or remove, any plant, flower, shrub, bush, fruit or other vegetation growing upon the right of way of any public highway within this state."

Scroll on for a gorgeous gallery of Idaho's forbidden flowers.

15 Wildflowers You're Forbidden to Pick in Idaho

Before you pull over to pick a bundle of beautiful flowers for your dining room table, think twice. It's actually illegal to gather more than a dozen kinds of wildflowers in Idaho.

Places Where U-Turns Are Legal & Illegal Around Boise

If the Idaho Legislature's road rule section leaves you with more questions than answers, you're not alone. Below are 12 easy-to-remember rules and local examples to help you know when and where it's legal or illegal to pop a U'ie around Boise and the greater Treasure Valley!

Whoops! 😳 It's Illegal to Throw Out these 23 Things in Idaho

💡 Know Better, Do Better

  • ⚠️ When ridding your residence of industrial products, solvents, paints, disinfectants, and fertilizers, there's more to know than most realize!

  • ☠️ Hazardous products are signaled by the following words/phrases: caution - danger - poison - warning - corrosive - flammable - explosive - oxidizer - irritant - environmental hazard.

  • 🌳 The City of Boise Public Works commission oversees the disposal of chemicals that threaten human health and the environment.

  • 🤳🏽 Help keep your community safe! Scroll on for a list of 13 products Idahoans are banned from tossing into residential dumpsters.
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